Fragile states may seem like a distant and abstract concern. They are not. They are at the center of much of today’s regional disorder and global upheaval.
International efforts to advance women’s political empowerment could serve as a lever to promote broader change in countries working toward consolidated democracies.
If India chooses to respond with extensive force, and if Pakistan moves to counter, Washington inevitably will be impelled to intervene diplomatically to stabilize the situation. This might work temporarily, but the wheel of conflict will turn again.
The EU has managed to stem its migration crisis, regaining control of its borders and ensuring a dramatic drop in the flow of migrants. But a shift of mind-set is needed to bring together the many threads of a European migration policy.
Moscow’s relations with Tehran are currently much more cooperative than competitive, although the two countries’ foreign policy goals don’t always align.
As the world watches the U.S. presidential election with bewilderment and unease, America’s allies in Asia are particularly concerned about the possibility of U.S. disengagement from the region.